Man Who Stole Car ‘To Improve His Life’ Caught By Police In Rivers

The suspect Meshark Monday

Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command said they have nabbed a 27-year-old man identified as Meshark Monday for alleged car theft.

According to the Command’s Spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko in a statement, Monday, an indigene of Ogoni, was apprehended on May 2 at midnight at Olu Obasanjo axis of Diobu, Port Harcourt.

Iringe-Koko explained that the suspect, who was driving a Toyota Corolla along Olu Obasanjo, suspiciously manoeuvred the police road, saying his action caught officers’ attention as he attempted to evade them near the G.R.A junction.

She said after a high-speed chase onto Aba road, he was successfully apprehended.

She said: “Meshark Monday, a 27-year-old native of Ogoni, was apprehended by crack operatives of the Olu Obasanjo Division on May 2nd around 12:45 am. Driving a Toyota Corolla along Olu Obasanjo, Monday’s suspicious manoeuvres caught officers’ attention as he attempted to evade them near the G.R.A junction. After a high-speed chase onto Abah road, he was successfully apprehended.”

She further stated that during interrogation, it was revealed that the suspect, Monday, was a security officer at Geepap Mobile Company, alleging that he confessed to his crime.

“Despite working there for two years, he had concealed his driving skills. He admitted succumbing to temptation when hunger struck at midnight, stealing a customer’s car parked for maintenance to sell and improve his life.”

She added: “Upon contacting Geepap’s General Manager, Mr Godfrey, it was revealed that Monday’s driving abilities were unknown, as the stolen vehicle was undergoing repairs. The case has been charged to court.

Meanwhile, Iringe-Koko noted that an investigation is ongoing to apprehend Monday’s accomplices in the car theft ring.

However, the State Commissioner of Police Olatunji Disu urged individuals to install security cameras and alarms to prevent such incidents outside of working hours.